Next month I will be attending the Proverbs 31 She Speaks Conference and I will be meeting with a publisher in hopes of getting a contract on my book, God Keeps His Promises - Trusting in the One Who is Faithful When Vows are Broken. You may wonder why I would want to do this since I am already published. However, my book is author-owned which means that I own the rights to it, but all the marketing has fallen on me as well which means there has been virtually none because I simply do not have a budget for it. Therefore, very few people know about the book even though it is available on Amazon.com and other places.
I received some helpful, professional advice from an editor today concerning my book, and I quote, "If I may offer a personal opinion, I think one of the challenges with your book is the title. It doesn’t really tell me what the book is about. Now, I know that it does because it’s essentially about God’s faithfulness. But it doesn’t address a felt need in the reader. I think the subtitle offers more information, but it’s so small on the book cover that it’s not really noticeable. I would rework the title to make it more powerful."
Okay, I understand because originally, I struggled with the title 2 years ago. So...here I am again looking for some fresh ideas!
Here is a brief synopsis of my book:
God's perfect plan is never divorce, but unfortunately we live in a culture today where about half of marriages end in divorce, and sadly Christians are no exception. Many have found themselves in a place they never thought possible - while they took their vows seriously, their spouse wants to call it quits; and some of living in bondage to bitterness from a past divorce.
Christy Long shares a personal story of God's comfort and provision through a painful separation/divorce while expecting her second child. Through time and a closer relationship with Jesus Christ, she has experienced true healing and grace. She wants to give God all the glory and desperately wants others to experience the same for their lives.
[Book Title] shares:
•Christy's personal testimony of God's faithfulness
•Life applications for going through a separation/divorce
•Key Scriptures for hope, healing, and forgiveness
In a nutshell, it's about how God worked all things for good in a very heartbreaking situation. One of my favorite verses is Romans 8:28 - "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." This is the main verse that I clung to during my separation/divorce.
I do have one potential title that I came up with today:
Once Upon a Divorce...God Worked All Things for Good
I am just brainstorming currently and would love some more ideas!
Please feel free to leave your comments!
1) Do you like the new title possibility?
2) Do you prefer the original title - God Keeps His Promises?
3) Do you have a creative, catchy yet informative idea for a new title?
Thanks so much for your feedback. I look forward to hearing from you!
For His Glory,